Sprinkled like jewels across the South Pacific, Tahiti and her sister islands have long lured with their unmatched beauty and unbounded passion. This treasure-trove of emerald peaks, sapphire blue lagoons and silk-like shores is sure to tempt you, too. Here we give you a brief overview of each of the islands and what makes them unique.
1. Bora Bora
The Romantic Island
Nowhere else in Tahiti says romance and adventure like Bora Bora. The island is heralded for her sugar-white sands, coral-fringed reefs, colorful villages and passion-inducing aura. Paddle an outrigger canoe around the turquoise water, snorkel its clear blue waters or shop for pearls at one of Bora Bora’s chic boutiques.
The Vanilla Island
Known for its plantations, Taha’a produces more vanilla than anywhere else in Polynesia. The balmy breezes fragranced with vanilla and hibiscus will carry you to complete bliss. Offering visitors world-class hiking, fishing, diving, beach bungalows and even diving among dolphins. Indulge in a picnic under the palms of a nearby motu as you take in the picturesque beauty on your Taha’a vacation.
The Sacred island
Considered the Polynesians’ ancestral home, Raiatea reveals velvety cliffs, lush valleys, pineapple plantations and a protected lagoon teeming with a kaleidoscopic underwater life. Home to the delicate Tiare Apetahi flower, found nowhere else on earth.
Garden of Eden
Underdeveloped, untamed, with a laid-back lifestyle and charming allure- this just may be your South Pacific Shangri-La. Huahine is an oasis of peace and beauty in French Polynesia. It is made up of two islands, Huahine-iti and Huahine-nui, connected by a small isthmus. Unwind in a private bungalow or if you’re a surfer, experience the with fabulous breaks along Ava Mo’a Pass and Motu Aara’ara.
The Magical Island
The inspiration for Michener’s mythical “Bali Hai”, Moorea enchants with a dramatic coast that rises to razor-sharp peaks. Whether you want to see wild dolphins and whales on an eco-tour or savor tropical fruit in your overwater bungalow, Moorea’s beautiful scenery will take you back in time. Experience otherworldly Opunohu Bay, stroll through delightful fishing villages, indulge in a dinner buffet and Coco show or simply relax along endless palm-fringed beaches. This is your tropical paradise.
Queen of the Pacific
Bejeweled in emerald mountains and breathtaking black-sand beaches, Tahiti reigns over her namesake islands. Uncover ancient marae, explore cascading waterfalls and wander the bustling capital, Papeete, with its distinctively French flair.
A cruise around Tahiti and Society Islands is an amazing way to experience the crystal blue water of the South Pacific as well as the many islands. The scenery is breathtaking and you will only have to unpack once!
Paul Gauguin cruises is the very essence of luxury cruising. Their small ships are a wonderful way to visit locations other ships can’t get to. Their all-inclusive five star experience ensures you will have a vacation worthy of Tahiti and her islands, without draining your pocketbook.
- Wine and spirits, along with refrigerators in all staterooms stocked with complimentary soft drinks, beer and bottled water.
- Water0sports marina with complimentary kayaking, wind surfing and snorkeling equipment
- All shipboard gratuities included
- Private island beach retreats
- Butler service and in-suite bar setup in Veranda staterooms and above.
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Jennifer McGuigan for Carefree Vacations
Photos courtesy of Classic Vacations.
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